This is just another example of a moneymaking scam. "Gimme some money and I won't kill you. I'll even let you know who wanted you dead in the first place." Even the simple headers on this message give it away. Note that the "To:" address is pretty generic and doesn't reference a specific person. A discriminating hit man would likely send individual e-mail messages to his targets and actually address them by name instead of "DEAR VICTIM." You know, actually illustrate that he might know as much about you as he claims by using your name. Cutting corners on contracted hit jobs is just never a good idea. And maybe, just maybe, this scammer could have been a little more original in fabricating a name. Using something that is so close to the name of one of the most famous American boxers of all time shows a real lack of imagination.
Oh, and since this message is going to Penn State staff members, chances are the target would not be a "wealthy person." I'm just sayin'...
Here's the full text of the message I received:
Subject: YOU BETTER BE MORE CAREFUL!!!I think that the next time I have business cards printed up, I'll replace "security analyst" with "seer, killer, saver, and damager." It's so much more hard core...
From: "ali mohammad" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 17 Jul 2010 01:50:25 -0000
I am Mr Ali Mohammad the only man seer from UAE TO KILL YOU, I am a murderer. i have been paid to kill you and by one of your friend and the date has come . my colleagues has been in your state right now keeping eye's on everysteps you make but on my searching about your contact email information i find out that you are a wealthy person ,But since my data shows that you are innocent and I could make more profit out a double deal. then I called my client back and ask for your e-mail address. And as I write to you, now, my men are monitoring you and your every step.
Do get back to me as soon as possible if you have anything to say about this ,so that i will give YOU all their informations. I can only give you this email bcos, it is not to expose ok. reply to this email below only- (email@example.com)
WARNING: DO NOT THINK OF CONTACTING THE POLICE OR EVEN TELL ANYONE BECAUSE I WILL KNOW. REMEMBER, SOMEONE WHO KNOWS YOU VERY WELL WANT YOU DEAD! I WILL EXTEND IT TO YOUR FAMILY, INCASE I NOTICE SOMETHING FUNNY.
DO NOT COME OUT ONCE IT IS 7:30PM UNTIL I MAKE OUT TIME TO SEE YOU AND GIVE YOU THE TAPE OF MY DISCUSSION WITH THE PERSON WHO WANT YOU DEAD AFTER YOU HAVE COMPLIED WITH MY DEMANDS, THEN YOU CAN USE IT TO TAKE ANY LEGAL ACTION.
YOU BETTER BE MORE CAREFUL!!!
Ali Mohammad (the seer, killer, saver and damager)